Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I love musicals... Tonight I am watching Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific."  I am always amazed and astounded that musicals offer so much social commentary.  "South Pacific" has so many comments.  The nature of war. Class difference, race difference, the human condition.

Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" also talks about cultural clash, racial/ethnic difference, learning to live with one another, the senselessness of clash over territory and culture.

"Oklahoma," again by Rogers and Hammerstein, alludes to different lifestyles (ranchers and farmers) learning to live together.

"The Music Man" by Meredith Wilson reflects on values:  a cheat who gives people hope and a chance for a future, vs. being exposed as a cheat. 

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